How Cisco Defines the IoT
The Internet of Everything builds upon the IoT to connect people, data, and more. (2:00 min)
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What Is the Internet of Things?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects accessed through the Internet, as defined by technology analysts and visionaries. These objects contain embedded technology to interact with internal states or the external environment. In other words, when objects can sense and communicate, it changes how and where decisions are made, and who makes them.
The IoT is connecting new places–such as manufacturing floors, energy grids, healthcare facilities, and transportation systems–to the Internet. When an object can represent itself digitally, it can be controlled from anywhere. This connectivity means more data, gathered from more places, with more ways to increase efficiency and improve safety and security.
A common first step toward the IoT is converting networks on proprietary protocols to IP-based networks. For enterprises, it requires partnerships between operational technology (OT) and IT to address security, performance, and interoperability. Cisco has a long history of partnering with customers to achieve business goals. We have recently introduced the Cisco Industrial Smart Solution to help converge OT and IT.
The network plays a critical role as the connectivity platform for control and operational systems, sensors, machines, and devices. It must provide a secure infrastructure that can support billions of context-aware devices, people, processes, and data. Cisco connects the unconnected with an open standard, integrated architecture, from the cloud to end devices.
The IoT and the Internet of Everything
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